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Te Puna Wai Lodge
Ranked #3 of 55 Nelson B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 June 2014

We stayed at Te Puna Wai on recommendation from someone we had only just met! Glad we did. We hadn't booked but the guys were only too happy to make up the room for us. We felt very welcome. The haul ashore apartment was nicely furnished and had everything we needed. Enjoyed the conversation with Richard and James. Definitely coming back!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 May 2014

We were thrilled by our stay at this wonderful lodge. Our hosts, James and Richard, were fantastic conversationalists and made us feel like long-lost friends immediately. The lodge has an amazing view over the water, where we were treated to two fabulous sunsets. Breakfast was nothing less than gourmet. Wish we lived closer so we could enjoy this experience more often.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Laurie G
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Reviewed 30 April 2014

I can only echo comments already posted here.

Te Puna Wai Lodge is a lovely place to stay; it is well-positioned, comfortable and has great views.

If that isn't enough for you (and it should be!), Richard and James are terrific hosts - they are interesting, helpful and knowledgeable. They provide a sumptuous breakfast too.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Charles2006
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

All the previous reviews describe how beautiful the rooms and views are and the great breakfasts and advice on the area. What is amazing is how both Richard and James treated us a old friends. Richard has an extraordinary breadth of knowledge and interests which he shared with us, including old Maori history and legends. He had information about a Maori goddess of the moon and tides whose name was the same as my wife's. They made very fine recommendations for adventures and restaurants. We would stay there again and would love to come back soon.

Room Tip: All rooms are great. Second floor room has the view but is more expensive. The same view are availab...
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 April 2014

My husband and I stayed for 2 nights at Te Puna Wai 2 weeks ago on our way to a fishing lodge in New Zealand. It was amazing! Richard and James have done a great job remodeling and decorating this historic house. We stayed in the first floor apartment, which is large and comfortable. A big part of how wonderful Te Puna Wai is is how hospitable and helpful and personable Richard and James are. At the yummy breakfast, they would share stories with us, give us recommendations of places to visit during the rest of our trip to New Zealand, share maps with us, etc. They treated us like visiting friends. The location of the B&B is also really nice. It has a beautiful view of Tasman Bay, and is easy walking distance to several good restaurants. We didn't need to use our car from the time we arrived. Definitely one of our top B&B experiences ever.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 March 2014

Spent a couple of nights here... longer would have been nice! Beautiful room with wonderful view from the veranda... and what a sunset!. Friendly helpful hosts and tasty breakfast. Well positioned and excellent restaurants within walking distance.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank HeatherDavid
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Reviewed 22 March 2014

Magnificent views, lovely old building, excellent decor, well appointed, good location and two superb hosts in Richard and James, who were both interesting and well travelled. This was reflected in the eclectic mix of accumulated items on display in this, their abode.
The best accommodation we experienced in New Zealand. Hard to nail it down to any one thing, it was just an overall joy and pleasure to stay there. Both Richard and James (the owners and hosts) are great ambassadors for Nelson and the surrounding area, in fact the whole of New Zealand.
We were greeted by James upon arrival and shown to our ground floor apartment (yes apartment). The room had french doors that opened onto a balcony area which in turn accessed a private courtyard area. As the house is positioned on a hillside we had fabulous views of around 150 degrees across Tasman Bay. The house's location on the hillside naturally provided privacy from the other houses in the vicinity, we felt comfortable and secluded from outside viewing.
Our apartment included a well appointed kitchen with, condiments, bottles of wine and spirits and all you would need, should you wish to create a culinary delight. We were on holidays and chose not part take in such foolery.
The bedroom/lounge/dining room was huge and the attached ensuite was excellent, we wanted for nothing. Thanks guys. Also the bed was comfy and we slept soundly in the quiet backwater of Nelson town.
No sooner had we settled in and unpacked we found ourselves sitting on the upstairs balcony transfixed by the view, with a glass of wine, our generous host James and other guests of the establishment. Who could ask for anything more, sitting there, beautiful weather, great scenery, engaging company and a bottle of wine. Why would you stay anywhere else.......it's beyond me.
One of the pleasures of this type of accommodation is that you get to meet interesting and engaging people such as the family from Georgia USA and a delightful couple from Philadelphia USA that were also staying at Te Puna Wai Lodge. this is what makes this kind of accommodation so enchanting and magnetic, you simply cannot help but be drawn into the atmosphere created by the hosts, the guests, the building and the situation.
We dined at 'Hopgoods' restaurant on our first night on the recommendation of Richard, who had very kindly pre booked a table for us, (bookings are essential as it is a very successful restaurant). Neil & Rhona (Philadelphia) had dined there the previous night and were so impressed by it that they were going back there the night we went. We ended up doing two nights in a row ourselves. It was fabulous.
Richard and James also suggested that we should, if we had time, go to the WOW (wearable art) museum, as we had nothing specifically planned we decided to investigate. Once again we were so taken aback by the brilliance of this display and the concept of the wearable art that we are planning to return to Wellington in September to attend the next live exhibition of this world renowned competition. The video of the 2013 show was a mix between Cabaret and Cirque du Soleil and was absolutely spellbinding. Now, to date, I haven't mentioned the car exhibition that is also housed under the same roof as the wearable art. This exhibition is equally as impressive and as astonishingly brilliant as the wearable art merely by the quality of the restorations, the display and the size of this privately owned collection.
Richard and James thank you for making your private home available to share with us it was truly a highlight of our New Zealand experience. We enjoyed it so much that June and I are keen to return to New Zealand if for no other reason, other than to stay at Te Puna Wai Lodge.
By now I guess you will be understanding that our experience at Te Puna Wai lodge was perhaps outstanding. I suggest you give it a try, I doubt you will regret it.

Room Tip: Check their website it is pretty comprehensive.
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Te Puna Wai Lodge

Address: 24 Richardson Street | Britannia Heights, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Nelson
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 55 B&Bs / Inns in Nelson
Price Range: £104 - £137 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Te Puna Wai Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A beautiful, historic (1857) home - in Nelson's premier location - with a magical view encompassing the harbour entrance and Tasman Bay. In the west 2 mountain ranges contribute to dramatic sunsets. Three elegant rooms: Haulashore Apartment has a designer kitchen (with laundry appliances), veranda & terrace; adjacent Wakatu Room (doesn't get a direct view but often paired with Haulashore); top-floor Fifeshire Suite with unparalleled view. All have luxurious marble-tiled bathrooms. WIFI is complimentary. Relaxed, affable hosts. Four minutes to town or 4 the other way to the city beach (Tahunanui). Richard speaks German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish. Te Puna Wai's guests are helping keep a special part of NZ early architecture alive & humming. ... more   less 
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